‘There is a sadness, but there’s also a joy’: Phoenix synagogue disbanding after 12 years – AZCentral

| June 28, 2020

Members of the Merkaz Ha-Iyr congregation.(Photo: David Schwartz/Special for The Republic) After 12 years of providing an "inclusive" space to celebrate Judaism, Phoenix's Merkaz Ha-Iyrsynagogue is formally disbanding Tuesday. Two members spoke to The Arizona Republic about their experience building the synagogue in 2008 and raising their children with its teachings, saying they feel nostalgic about its closure but grateful for the foundation it provided their families over the years. Alan Bayless Feldman's family was among the congregation's founding members.

Charlotte synagogues call to remove memorial to Confederacys most prominent Jew – The Times of Israel

| June 28, 2020

JTA Amid the nationwide movement to take down memorials to Confederacy figures, two Charlotte synagogues are calling for the removal of a downtown monument to Judah Benjamin, a Jewish politician who served as a cabinet member for the Confederate government. The names of the two synagogues, the Reform Temple Beth El and the Conservative Temple Israel, are featured on the gravestone-like monument, though the synagogues never approved of the memorial. A joint letter from the presidents of both synagogue to their congregations published online last week explains that the memorial, installed in 1948, was the idea of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Doc who coined term flatten the curve opines on when US synagogues should open – The Times of Israel

| June 28, 2020

If youve ever heard the phrase flatten the curve, you have Dr. Howard Markel to thank

Jewish teens help successful effort to abolish Oaklands school police force – The Times of Israel

| June 28, 2020

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New rabbi in Long Beach brings challah bread and other food to charm the hearts of congregants – liherald.com

| June 28, 2020

The very night Rebecca Novick and her husband, Avi, settled into their new home in Long Beach a little more than a week ago, they received a welcoming they did not expect: the young new rabbi in Long Beach, Benny Berlin, was at their front door with a traditional Shabbat dinner of chicken and pasta. "It was really good," said Rebecca, a 32-year-old occupational therapist. "We were so touched by how warm and welcoming it all was.

The Evolution of All-American Terrorism – Reveal

| June 28, 2020

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Extremist activity is growing in the pandemic. How worried should Jews be? – Forward

| June 28, 2020

On the last day of Passover last year, a young nursing student went into the Chabad of Poway synagogue and shot four people, killing 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye. The accused murderers manifesto was filled with anti-Semitic sentiments, but it also contained another element: The shooters wish that his actions would lead the government to start confiscating guns, and thus provoke a civil war between white nationalists and everyone else. If this revolution doesnt happen soon, we wont have the numbers to win it, the alleged murderer wrote

From Saudi Arabia, a welcome call for tolerance and moderation – The Boston Globe

| June 28, 2020

For years, Saudi Arabia worked tirelessly to export Wahhabism, its home-grown strain of intolerant Islam, to Muslim communities worldwide. It poured many billions of dollars into funding mosques, schools, and cultural organizations that promoted Islamist extremism an extremism capable of turning murderous, as Americans learned on Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists, 15 of them Saudi citizens, murdered thousands of people.

Places of worship allowed to reopen for prayer and wedding services from 4 July – Jewish News

| June 28, 2020

Synagogues across England will be permitted to reopen for prayer and to hold services from next month, Prime minister Boris Johnson said today. As of 4 July, places of worships in England will also be able to reopen for wedding services with a maximum of 30 guests, subject to social distancing, in the governments latest easing of lockdown rules. Mr Speaker, I know that many have mourned the closure of places of worship and this year Easter, Passover and Eid all occurred during the lockdown, Johnson told the House of Commons on Tuesday

Living with Covid-19 in Israel – Cleveland Jewish News

| June 28, 2020

It aint over till its over, legendary baseball player Yogi Berra once said, and indeed resurfacing in Israel these days are COVID-19 concerns. Following days of fewer new infections and critical cases, Israel began to open up last month, starting with small stores and businesses, then malls.